Using the Library

Theses and Dissertations

The Library holds copies of postgraduate theses and dissertations written by University of Surrey students. A selection of theses and dissertations are available online. 

Masters Dissertations

Masters dissertations from 2011 at distinction level are kept in the Library in the High Demand area on Level 1 behind the Support Hub. They are shelved in alphabetical order by author. Please note dissertations are for library use only.

A selection of distinction level masters dissertations are available online via SurreySearch to members of the University of Surrey. These are good examples of how to structure your dissertation. You will be able to open and view the dissertations, but not print, or copy and paste from them. 

Watch the video on how to find dissertations on SurreySearch.

Research Theses

Online Theses

A number of theses written in support of Higher Degrees (e.g. PhD) gained at the University of Surrey are available via Surrey Research Insight.

To find specific theses you can search the database by author, title or keyword. Alternatively, you can browse the "Theses from the University of Surrey" collection.

Please note that the digitisation of Surrey theses is an ongoing process, and the collection will not be comprehensive, as in some cases the author has declined permission to digitise the thesis, or there is copyright material within the thesis that cannot be digitised without the permission of the original publisher.


You can start your search by searching:
• By person
• On a subject - Use the keyword search to look for words in titles
• By Department / Faculty - Type in the Faculty or Department e.g. Department of Psychology
• By course

You will then be able to narrow your search using the options on the right. Alternatively, in the SurreySearch 'Advanced Search' you have the option to select the Material Type as Dissertations. 

Print Theses

 Print Theses are kept in the Closed Access Store. To request them:


Students and Staff

• Sign into SurreySearch, find the Theses you wish to view and click Request.  
• Thesis can be collected from 12pm, Monday to Friday.
• Please leave at least one working day at the start of your Booking Request. 



• To view a Thesis kept in the Closed Access Store, please fill in a paper request form. These are available from behind the Support Hub on level 1 of the Learning Centre.  
• Alternatively you can contact with the Title, Author and Year of the Thesis, in addition to what day you would like to view it. 


Obtaining theses from other libraries


This is the British Library's digital thesis service. Many theses are already freely available online in full text, and others can be ordered. You will be asked to register before using the service. Please note: if ordering a thesis, there can be a delay of several weeks.

There are two online databases that are useful for locating theses by subject area, author and institution:

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global

This is the world's most comprehensive collection of full-text dissertations and theses. As the official digital dissertations archive for the Library of Congress and as the database of record for graduate research, PQDTGlobal includes millions of searchable citations to dissertations and theses from 1861 to the present day together with over a million full-text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format.

Dissertation Express

Contains information on doctoral and masters dissertations submitted by over 1,000 institutions (concentrated in North America but also worldwide). Lists thesis citations only with the option to purchase entire theses online.
Accessible on and off campus with no password.
For borrowing a thesis from an overseas library, see information on InterLibrary Loans. However, please be aware that the British Library no longer lends theses from UK Higher Education institutions. Please see the information about the EThOS service above.

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